Pietersen is a ‘million pound asset’, says Ashley Giles

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“There was no discussion about leaving Kevin out”

Despite all the ongoing controversy between Kevin Pietersen and England team director Andy Flower, limited overs coach Ashley Giles has announced that the South African-born batsman is a “million pound asset”.

Giles’ comments come after Pietersen was included in England’s provision 30-man squad for the World Twenty20 in March.

Giles also revealed that at no point did the national selectors consider leaving Pietersen out of the Twenty20 squad.

“There was no discussion about leaving Kevin out,” Giles said. “He’s another million pound asset at least, he might be worth a bit more than that. He’s a fantastic player and he has shown that in T20 cricket. He’s not played that much for me in T20, but in other competitions he has shown how dangerous he can be.”

England 30-man Squad: Stuart Broad (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Ravi Bopara, Scott Borthwick, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler (wkt), Michael Carberry, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Harry Gurney, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Craig Kieswetter (wkt), Michael Lumb, Eoin Morgan, Graham Onions, Steven Parry, Samit Patel, Kevin Pietersen, Boyd Rankin, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Taylor, James Tredwell, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Luke Wright

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